Obesity is a global health concern associated with a number of acute and chronic health problems. Losing a modest percentage of body weight can decrease risk for chronic diseases. However, losing weight is not easy; keeping it off is even more difficult. To lose weight, a negative energy balance is needed, which the body interprets as a sign to increase food intake. This course will examine the complex nature of energy balance that is critical for successful weight loss and maintenance of that loss. It is crucial to understand the role of fat tissue and how it plays a role in determining hunger and satiety; the role of genetics in body fat distribution and body weight regulation; the communication networks among the brain, hormones, peptides, organs and tissues; gut microbes; and other components of the body involved in regulating hunger and weight.
The goal of this regulation of body weight continuing education program is to provide dietitians, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists with information on the role of energy balance in obesity. After studying the information presented here, the learner will be able to:
- Define obesity, explain how to measure it and list its potential health complications
- Discuss the consequences of body fat distribution in men and women
- Discuss the interactions of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, organs, and the brain in the regulation of energy balance, and the roles they play in obesity
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.